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Saturday, 28 May 2022 All Day
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Islesburgh Complex


Our postponed summer workshop on Shetland will now take place at the end of May 2022. Although we have all become cautious about forward plans, there is good reason to hope that travel and meeting will be possible next summer. While we cannot be 100% certain, conditions and government guidelines now allow these types of events.

While we know that some people who had booked for the 2020 workshop will not manage to come in 2022, ScotNet now has many new members who might well be able to join in! So I’m sending some advance notification to whet appetites and to allow people to get the ball rolling with booking accommodation and travel.

Muckle Flugga, Shetland: The most northerly point of the British Isles, where the environment determines everything

Although May 2022 may feel a long way off, personal experience is that accommodation on Shetland for next summer is already booking up fast, so it would be wise to reserve your bed soon. Most accommodation establishments now allow for cancellation if Covid rules change, but it is worth checking and taking out insurance if necessary.

Next steps

In order to secure this venture financially, we need to have around 30 participants. And to allow our local ScotNet member, Birgit Wagner, to book a suitable size of venue for our workshop and Saturday dinner and to plan a Friday evening meal and Sunday outing, we also need to know approximate numbers sooner rather than later. We therefore ask all those with a serious interest to make a “pre-registration” with a £40 deposit by 31 October 2022.

We expect the workshop to cost around the same as was previously advertised i.e. around £100. There is likely to be a small increase in the 2020 price of £30-35 for the dinner and ceilidh and probably for any other meals due to recent food price increases. As travel is likely the most expensive item, ScotNet will have a large number of grants available to help with this, and all full ScotNet members (but not “Friends” of the Network) can apply.

Reserve your place

Please fill in the separate reservation document and make your payment of £40 as indicated. We kindly ask that you do this as soon as possible and by 31 October at the latest.

You don’t have to be a puffin to visit Shetland…
Translators are welcome too

It is recommended to book flights as soon as these become available to take advantage of the best prices. Ferry travel can be booked later, but if you want a berth for the overnight voyage, then it is best to reserve this early. One note of caution from Birgit is that flights can be delayed or cancelled due to fog and it is worth factoring in an extra day at the start, rather than planning to arrive at the last minute. After pre-registering, information on travel arrangements will be circulated. Those who received a ferry discount code last time should use the same code again as these do not expire.

As mentioned previously, accommodation in Shetland is busy in the summer (though we have carefully avoided all the regular events which take place), so do book this as soon as you can.

Also important: if you plan to bring family or friends with you to our dinner and ceilidh on the Saturday evening, please also advise us of likely numbers on the form. This is essential for planning our evening venue.

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